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Santa Clara County libraries promote early literacy skills - San Jose Mercury News

Santa Clara County libraries promote early literacy skills - San Jose Mercury News | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Santa Clara County libraries promote early literacy skills
San Jose Mercury News
The Campbell Library is part of the Santa Clara County Library District, which includes libraries in Saratoga, Cupertino, Los Altos, Gilroy, Milpitas and Morgan Hill.
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Libraries are an important stop for parents looking for materials and models of early learning strategies.

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10 ways to have summer fun with your favorite books | Altoona Area Public Library

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Simple ideas to share with your favorite emerging readers...

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Thinking beyond the (summer) list — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Thinking beyond the (summer) list — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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New shares for reading recommendations!  Making the web a live resource for our savvy searchers. Thank you, Joyce Valenza!

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Exploring interest-powered learning in informal game design clubs | Connected Learning Research Network

Exploring interest-powered learning in informal game design clubs | Connected Learning Research Network | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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This article is a great inside look at the game approach to learning!

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Valley Courier Lt. Gov. Garcia reads, listens and learns

Valley Courier Lt. Gov. Garcia reads, listens and learns | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Courier staff writer
CENTER — Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia came in the name of literacy, and took home a story or two for his friends in Denver.
Last Thursday, Garcia visited the Valley as a part of his Colorado Literacy Week statewide tour.
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A visit that may have helped officials to understand the issues involved in establishing a quality learning program....Hope it works in favor of children in need...

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Why Invest in Pre-K?

Why Invest in Pre-K? | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
The Perks of Preschool: Why investments in early learning are vital. (The Perks of Preschool: Why investments in early learning are vital.
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graphic representation of statistics supporting good preschool programs

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Six 'E' Words Essential to Student Success

Six 'E' Words Essential to Student Success | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Learning Forward's vision, our E6 statement, must become reality, defining education practice in every school system.
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A approach that applies to all levels of education.  It will keep us aiming higher....

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Early-Childhood Education: Policy, Research, and Funding, or Fad?

Early-Childhood Education: Policy, Research, and Funding, or Fad? | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Educational data and neuroscience both agree that the early years have significant influence on later school and life success. What are we waiting for?
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This article lines up studies with supportive studies regarding Early-Childhood Education.  It also reminds us of the competition for educational funding.  Do we have a successful lobby for this age?  An early start with proven results will ensure success for later education. While both ends of our PreK-12 need support, some agreement for shared funding should be the goal.  However, it often ends up as an 'all or nothing' decision. Politically speaking, decisions are not necessarily based on logic....

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Teacher Librarian - April 2013 digital edition

Teacher Librarian - April 2013 digital edition | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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Many good articles - One important discussion regarding research and interpretation of results BEFORE applying new strategies or trying new programs.

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Well-written article about where the last 25 years has taken us - and where we just might be going...

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The Adventures of Library Girl: Libraries as Cultivators of Creativity: There's an App for That!

The Adventures of Library Girl: Libraries as Cultivators of Creativity: There's an App for That! | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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adding news and adventure to sharing research strategies!

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The Brain Guru | Maximize Your Student's Potential

The Brain Guru | Maximize Your Student's Potential | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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better learning....after the break ;0)

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Scientists Find Learning Is Not 'Hard-Wired'

Scientists Find Learning Is Not 'Hard-Wired' | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Discovering the brain's power to change may be neuroscience's biggest—and most promising—contribution to education.
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One of the best articles I've found that gives an even consideration of brain-based learning and applications.  As the author states, there is no silver bullet, but we can gain a better understanding of learning and add it to our plan of teaching in a way that students learn best.

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Why Reading Aloud to Older Children Is Valuable | MindShift

Why Reading Aloud to Older Children Is Valuable | MindShift | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Educator and author Jessica Lahey reads Shakespeare and Dickens aloud to her seventh- and eighth-graders, complete with all the voices. Her students love bein

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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Expand that idea - Even at the High School level, students benefit from read-aloud segments!!!

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, May 17, 2013 10:28 AM

I have been saying this same thing for years here at my middle school. Getting teachers to buy in? Very difficult. Perhaps sharing this article with your teachers might help.

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Stephanie Sweeney - Google+

Stephanie Sweeney - Google+ | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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An excellent presentation - student research at its best - with librarians as guides working for transliteracy.

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Ducks on Bikes and New Investments in Early Childhood « Clayton ...

Ducks on Bikes and New Investments in Early Childhood « Clayton ... | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
This is just one of several efforts geared towards raising public awareness about the importance of early literacy and the impact high quality early childhood education has on future academic achievement.
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Colorado takes some big steps to improve early learning.  Hope others follow.

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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages
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Soooo, maybe books have some advantages for deeper learning?  Hmmmm....imagine that.

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Dual Language in Early Education Best for Youngest ELLs, Report Says

Dual Language in Early Education Best for Youngest ELLs, Report Says | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Researchers recommend expansion of dual-language development in early-childhood programs in a new research review out today.
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A reminder of the advantages of adding a second language to early childhood programs.

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Reader's view: State's best investment is in early learning - Budgeteer

Reader's view: State's best investment is in early learning Budgeteer I have been an early childhood education professional for 35 years, devoting my entire adult life to advocating for high-quality early learning experiences for all children...
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I totally agree - How can it be otherwise???

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Charting Pre-K's Value for All

Charting Pre-K's Value for All | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Universal pre-K holds benefits for middle-class children, as well as the poor, William T. Gormley Jr. writes.
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A balanced discussion of current findings, links to some data and a recommendation for support to establish and expand pre-K programs. 

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Saving Childhood

Saving Childhood | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
We want to save some sense for our students that childhood is different from adulthood. It is a special time, safe and loving, not a rehearsal for the stress of adulthood.
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Finally! An article that actually recognizes the effect of testing, testing, testing on children. Will it change perceptions? I hope it starts a reconsideration....

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Proper Role of Ed-Tech in Pre-K a Rising Issue

Proper Role of Ed-Tech in Pre-K a Rising Issue | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Educators see an important place for technology in the preschool classroom, but say it is just one of many learning tools that can be incorporated among a range of developmentally appropriate materials and activities.
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The key - developmentally appropriate.

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Parent Involvement in Early Literacy

Parent Involvement in Early Literacy | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Parent involvement is the number one predictor of early literacy success and future academic achievement. However, according to a 2007 report by National Endowment for the Arts, there are more litera
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Reminders about how to develop good reading habits - Interacting with a child during and after reading a story or book helps to establish comprehension.  This skill is critical for learning in every subject.

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Weekly Brain Bytes | The Brain Guru

Weekly Brain Bytes | The Brain Guru | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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We can all agree that early experiences shape learning potential.  The more positive adventures we offer, the better our children will learn.

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